Outfit: winter pin-up

First a princess, now a pin-up… is there no end to setting myself impossibly high female standards to live up to? Or another way of looking at it is: is there no end to my playing dress up? To which the answer will always be ‘no’!
Whenever I’m asked to describe my style – which, let’s be honest has happened about twice in my life ย as not that many people care enough to ask! – I struggle to come up with an adequate response. The way I want to describe it is ‘all over the place’ – because really, that’s what it feels like! I just like to dip my toes into everything and I can’t really see how there’s a particularly coherent theme between any of it. I mean, at the start of the year I was a flapper, then I was a bit mod, and now I’ve gone full 50s pin-up… and it’s still only January. (Oh and in case anyone wonders what I usually say, by the way, it’s usually something vague like ‘vintage inspired’ – and I’m all ears if anyone’s got anything better…)
Anyway, I might flit around the eras and pinch bits here and there with reckless abandon (er, it’s not really reckless, I just like that phrase), but my heart will always belong most firmly to the classic 50s looks. Which is why I end up liking a lot of modern vintage pin-up styles, even if I don’t often dress head-to-toe in them myself. And actually, I’m probably still not here either, but it’s as close as it gets…
And which brand could be better for the modern pin-up than one of the originals…? That’s right, I’m about to tell you how much I love Collectif again for the 93rd time. The thing is, I love them even more now as they’ve started to release shorter-length swing skirts like the beautiful style I’m prancing around in here. This skirt is the length I would have all of my full skirts in, if I had a choice and is much more flattering on me than Collectif’s average length. And they just get better and better at offering unique retro separates like this jumper. Together, they make such a lovely, feminine winter look, dont’cha think? Full disclosure, as so many of you seem to worry: my coat was about a metre away. Repeat: I hadย a coat; no bloggers were harmed in the making of this post (just a bit cold temporarily).
Collectif pin-up style outfit with Celina top and Jasmine floral skirt


Neckline of Collectif Celina knitted top


Collectif Celina top, bow belt and Jasmine skirt


Collectif pin-up style outfit with Celina top and Jasmine floral skirt


Jasmine woodland bloom full skirt by Collectif



Collectif pin-up style outfit with Celina top and Jasmine floral skirt


Collectif pin-up style outfit with Celina top and Jasmine floral skirt


Collectif pin-up style outfit with Celina top and Jasmine floral skirt
Hair flower: Accessorize (old)
Belt: Collectif
Tights: Pamela Mann
Bag: Ollie & Nic (no longer available)
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (very similar)


  1. January 28, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    That top is so interesting and it looks fantastic with this bright and bold skirt! I love the delicate pink details =)

  2. January 28, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    You look really fabulous in this combination, and you have accessorised it so beautifully. I love every bit of it. I couldn't avoid popping into the Spitalfields Collectif just before Christmas. I wanted so much but, well, it was just before Christmas. I have resisted it since, but February is nearly here! Kx

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:25 am

      February is nearly here indeed – and even better, still lots of stuff in the sale on Collectif's website ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  3. January 28, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    The print on that skirt is so lovely, I'm such a sucker for a large floral. The colours are beautifully wintery and look so good set against the nude accessories, allowing the print to really shine.

  4. January 28, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Such a nice combination and it's perfect for winter! The skirt looks much better and more vibrant than on Collectif's website and fits so well with the top. I don't usually like green, but they look really beautiful together ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have the Celina dress from last year in black and I love the fabric and the fit, so I considered getting a top as well, but passed. Maybe I should have bought it in navy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:27 am

      It's about as perfect as a winter floral can get, I think!

      What I love about Collectif is how many different colour options for their styles they offer – one of the hardest things is picking your favourite. I nearly got the navy Celina, in fact, myself, but went for this green as I don't have anything else like it. I'm glad I did ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. January 28, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    My oh my, now this is a very grown-up look! I love it! The top looks great on you (and I guess is the original one that my terrible Lindybop one was copied from? Remember the shorter sleeved one I sent back??) and all of the little touches like the shoes and belt are just perfect! And seams!! How I love seams! Pamela Mann annoyingly only do 'one size' though that just about get over my knees but are nowhere near my thighs! (I digress, but my thighs are the same size as Dita von Teese's waist. Isn't that depressing?!) You look so so beautious! That's probably not a word, but it should be.

    I hope you've been having a good week xxx

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:30 am

      Ha funnily enough I originally had a line in the draft of this post about how I was sure Lindy Bop had copied the top, but took it out in case I got sued ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you're right…

      I'm lucky with one size stuff that stretches usually – one time my petiteness actually comes in handy and not a pain in the neck! Dita von Teese's waist is ridiculously small though, I can't work out where her organs go…


  6. January 28, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I was eyeing up these bits from Collectif but I think you wear it better.

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:30 am

      Surely not! I can particularly vouch for the quality of the skirt…

  7. January 28, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Ohh wow!! What a gorgeous outfit!! I absolutely love the jumper it is such a unique shape. The skirt length is perfect on you, I'd love to try this length as well from collectif – we short gals need some more options in shorter hems!

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:31 am

      We sure do! I'm really hoping they'll keep releasing the odd 25" length skirt like this one here, as it's just about perfect for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. January 29, 2016 / 3:15 am

    So many cute details! I love the wrap sweater, and the bow on the belt, and the beautiful floral print on the skirt. I don't usually go for reproduction pieces, but I was definitely checking out the Collectif sale earlier this week. They've got some fabulous pieces, and the prices really aren't that bad either (especially since as an American, I get a discount on the VAT).

    • January 29, 2016 / 3:15 am

      Also, people who don't play dress up are people who have given up on life.

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:32 am

      The sale got ridiculous at one point – I picked up two jumpers for ยฃ8/9 each!! They know how to sale, that's for sure…

      And totally agree, dress up is the best.

  9. January 29, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Vintage-inspired is as good a description as any. I honestly don't know how I'd describe my style. (Nantastic?) I like the way you've picked out one of the colours in your skirt in your accessories.

  10. January 29, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! I love how your belt matches your hair flower seamlessly! The back seamed stockings are a great touch too!

  11. January 30, 2016 / 5:13 am

    Spellbindingly gorgeous ensemble. The marriage of gentle pinks and dark floral tones here is utterly breathtaking. Love, love, love – and would super wear – this outfit, sweet dear.

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    โ™ฅ Jessica

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:32 am

      I'm always pleased if I can manage to inspire you, Jessica ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  12. January 30, 2016 / 7:01 am

    I think I say this all the time, but one thing I love about the 2000's is that we can really get away with wearing whatever decade we like, and apart from the annoying obnoxious busy bodies that will ask "why are you dressed like that" it's totally socially acceptable to dress as a flapper one day and a mod the next. I love this freedom and living in a time where we are able to look back at fashion to reinvent ourselves and create our look whether it is 100% period accurate vintage, or vintage inspired.

    Deco Darling

    • January 30, 2016 / 11:33 am

      Very true, there's a lot of freedom to do what you want and so many eras to pinch styles from. We're pretty lucky really ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. January 31, 2016 / 12:27 am

    Wow I really love this whole outfit on you! All your accessories are so lovely as well! xo

  14. January 31, 2016 / 3:22 am

    I have no idea how to describe my style either. I don't even think I have a style hahah someone did actually ask me a few weeks ago and my response was "simple, very casual" that works right!? lol anyways you look beautiful like always, that skirt is AMAAAZING!

    • February 1, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Ah, everyone has a style but describing them is not always straightforward… I guess it's hard when everyone is so unique ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. January 31, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I had my eye on this skirt for a long time but never did get it, it really suits you, love the outfit! x

  16. January 31, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    This skirt is so perfect! I love the colors!

  17. January 31, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I love this outfit, the jumper and skirt work so well together. The stockings and purse are another fantastic touch to this outfit. Gorgeous! x

  18. January 31, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    I always overlook florals in winter, but this print is romantic, dark and feminine. Such a pretty look!

    • February 1, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Yes, me too. Then again, I've overlooked them most of my life so that's probably no real surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was surprised at how well they worked here though, actually!

  19. February 2, 2016 / 5:06 am

    hello,ciao…what a charming outfit…cheers!

  20. February 3, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Gorgeous! Love how you've picked out the lighter pink for the accessories rather than going with the more obvious black or dark red, a lovely touch! I'm relatively new to Collectif, must give their skirts a try (not that I need an excuse to buy more big skirts!)!

  21. February 5, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Such a perfect winter outfit! I'm loving the florals on the dark background and though it's not usually something I go for, I'm feeling super inspired for winter!! I'm definitely pinning this look for inspiration when the cold comes around again. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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